Parents too busy on phones to help UK children to read or write warns nursery ...

Melanie Picher, of Pre-school Learning Alliance, says literacy levels are falling She said you only have to sit on a bus to observe parent's increasing bad habits Comes after Ofsted chief said children are unable to dress, talk or use the toilet 

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 23:40 BST, 1 June 2018 | Updated: 23:40 BST, 1 June 2018

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Many parents are too busy staring at their phones to teach their children to read and write, a nursery expert said.

Melanie Pilcher, policy and standards manager at the Pre-school Learning Alliance, warned literacy levels were affected by parents who spent too much time online.

Addressing an audience at the Hilton Bankside in central London, she said: 'You have only got to sit on a bus to see parents who are on their

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